Foundations of Psychiatry

Subject 554-609 (2008)

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Credit Points: 18.750
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 10 weeks x 3.5-hour seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to introduce the student to the neurosciences and their relationship to psychiatry. The student will be exposed to the diversity of this field and understand how this knowledge is integrated to understanding the individual and their illness


critical review of literature and class presentation (50%) and a written assessment (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

Gelder M., Mayou R. and Cowen P., Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001.

Sadock B. and Sadock V., Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioural Sciences, Clinical Psychiatry, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2003.

Charney, DJ, Nestler, EJ and Bunney, B (eds) Neurobiology of Mental Illness, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Recommended Texts:

McHugh PR, Slavney PR. The Perspectives of Psychiatry, 2nd ed. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Shorter E. A History of Psychiatry. New york: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Meadows G, Singh B. Mental Health in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Psychiatry

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